WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
The George Hurst Conductors’ Course
Frequently Asked Questions continued
Will I get to conduct an orchestra?
The majority of sessions utilise pianos or small instrumental groups taken from the class rather than a full orchestra. These core sessions aim to build students' abilities as in the main it is not practical even for advanced students to do this whilst rehearsing an orchestra.
Regular repertoire sessions with a large orchestra are scheduled during the course. These are not primarily for students to develop their conducting technique – rather, they allow the whole class to gain a musical understanding of the work whilst demonstrating rehearsal technique in the process.
In these sessions, experienced students who show a secure technique and understanding of the score will be invited to conduct the orchestra under the direction of the tutors. Participation in these sessions is at the sole discretion of the tutors, however, all students will have the opportunity to conduct the class orchestra for at least three sessions during the week.
Will I have to play my instrument?
One of the best ways to learn is to experience the effect that different conductors have on orchestral players and to hear that effect from 'within the score'. Therefore students are strongly encouraged to bring their instrument to play during instrumental sessions, even if they are only of a modest standard.
Will I have to play piano?
Iit is very helpful to the whole class if students who are able pianists play during the small group sessions. Two or four-hand arrangements of the set repertoire are used throughout the course and the music can be made available in advance of each session for students to practise. Many of these two and four hand arrangements are also available in public libraries enabling pre-preparation before the course begins.